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problems it's unclear how deeply the u.s. will engage on global issues such as syria, iran or china. u.s. relations with the outside world there are more difficult challenges to come. nhk world, washington. >>> president obama won, but he faces many economic challenges. we now ask an expert's view about his outlook. in our new york studio is richard katz, the editor in chief of the oriental economist report, newsletter on japan. mr. katz, thank you very much for joining us today. >> sure. >> among the many challenges president obama will first face the so-called fiscal cliff. how do you think he'll deal with it, and how will that affect asia? >> i think it will be very difficult to deal with it. the republicans have made it clear they continue to want to be the party of no. they're not willing to compromise on a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts. i say there's about a 50/50 chance the fiscal cliff could be avoided. at best it may be extended by a few months. if the fiscal cliff is short and then people come to their senses and compromise, the impact on asia will be small. but if
for people in the state of new york. the storm that hit the u.s. northeast put some polling stations out of commission. the governor is relaxing the rules so voters won't be shut out. andrew cuomo issued an executive order allowing residents in areas affected by the storm to vote at any station. officials in neighboring new jersey are also making it easier for people to cast ballots. more than 60 polling stations in new york city are still unusable because of flooding or lack of electricity. workers have set up alternative sites. the voting process in manhattan and the city's other boroughs has become more high-tech. people will be using a new electronic system. they mark paper ballots then insert those into a scanner. it's the first time the system people will use the system in a u.s. presidential election. the results will start streaming in tuesday evening in united states. obama and romney will watch the returns come in from their respective home bases, chicago and boston. obama arrived in his hometown early in the morning with the first lady. the latest polls suggest the president a
cementing his position as successor to president hu jintao. he visited the u.s. in early 2012 to promote relations. his counterpart, vice president joe biden, was with him for much of the five-day visit. >> xi showed that on some issues the two governments will not necessarily see eye to eye. >> reporter: xi will likely be joined at the top by the man widely expected to become china's next premier. >> lee became a member of the politburo standing committee in 2007. he skipped the stage of politburo member during the communist party convention along with xi jinping. lee became vice premier in 2008. lee is 57 years old. he hails from a province and is currently in charge of domestic policy. >> li studied law at the prestigious beijing university, where he went on to get a ph.d. in economics. hiss classmate told us li also dedicated himself to studying english. he said the man who will become china's premier show nod sign he would become a politician. >> i think every single day he had a lot of tickets in his pocket. in one side, he write english, another side, chinese together. start out l
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." the two leading candidates fighting to be u.s. president hardly have time to sleep or eat as they dart from state to state trying to solidify their support. the latest poll ahead of tuesday's vote suggests barack obama and his republican challenger mitt romney are almost tied. obama has 49% support. romney has 48%. the candidates dashed through key swing states over the weekend, including new hampshire. they are making their final arguments to voters. both campaigns are trying to lock in crucial electoral college votes. >> you know that i know what real change looks like, because i fought for it alongside you. i've got the scars to prove it. i've got the gray hair to show for it. >> romney hopscotched between the swing states of new hampshire, iowa, colorado and ohio. >> the question of this election comes down to this, you want four more years like the last four years or do you want real change? >> romney is also focusing on wisconsin, one toss-up state where obama is said to have a lead. and he is running more tv ads in pennsylvania, mich
. the japan/u.s. alliance has been weakened under the democratic party government. >> abe says the liberal democratic party is well prepared for the election. he says it has reviewed its principles and streamlined its policies. there were mixed reactions from people around japan. >> translator: we are suffering so much in fukushima since last year's disaster. i don't understand why politicians cannot work together. >> translator: fukushima is slowly but steadily is moving forward in its recovery. it would be regrettable if the momentum slows in the coming weeks. >> translator: i've been looking for a job for two months. i just want the government to create more jobs. >> a business leader expressed his hopes. >> translator: the private sector is trying its utmost to survive. we hope politicians will create a society and nation where those who make efforts are duly rewarded. >>> campaign managers are already busy mapping out their tactics. nhk world's senior political commentator masayo nakajima has charted the strategy of countless campaigns. i asked him earlier what voters are thinking abo
the disputes should not be internationalized, an indirect reference to the united states. u.s. president barack obama and chinese premier wen jiabao held bilateral talks before the summit began on tuesday. they both seek closer ties with southeast asian countries as part of their competing regional strategies. >> it's important that our two countries cooperate to build a more secure and prosperous future for the asia-pacific region and for the world. >> despite their friendly words, both sides took their differences with them to the east asia summit. obama called on the country's concern to quickly draw up the code of conduct. one indirectly said the united states should not be involved, stating that the disputes should not be internationalized. now, obama's trip to asia is a sign that america's so-called pivot to asia strategy remains unchanged after his re-election. his visit to myanmar was criticized by some observers. they say it was premature. obama went ahead anyway, a signal of his desire to increase u.s. influence in southeast asia and keep china's ambitions in check. nhk world's matthe
. a combination of tax increases exami and spending cuts and could push the u.s. economy into a recession as all eyes are on how that develops. here in japan, too, the nikkei was down 3.75% last week, so we saw that play into the markets as well. the gdp figure is coming at 0.9% for the july-to-september period. we'll see how that is translating into the opening levels. let's go to the opening levels for the nikkei and topix for many monday, november 12th. both indices are down by half a percent there. the nikkei closed out last week at a four-week low as the yen gained against the dollar and euro. the japanese currency rose. really investors shifting money into yen-based assets and the higher yen weighing on export issues. this is at a time when many japanese corporations are releasing poor earnings over the last couple of weeks. that's all most of that based on the strong yen. don't forget europe, we can't ignore that sector and economy either. the renewed concerns about greece despite pushing through an austerity plan. that's a big focus as well, how that plays into stock markets. >> how are
by the international energy agency comes as new technologies opens up huge oil reserves underground. the iea said u.s. oil output will surpass that of saudi arabia and other countries by 2017. the u.s. has established technology to extract shale oil from hard rock layers thousands of meters below the ground. commercial production has already begun. the agency says the u.s. will be nearly self-sufficient by 2035. that's due to an expected surge in the production of shale gas, a type of natural gas also trapped in underground rock. america currently relies on imports for 20% of energy needs. once the u.s. achieves successful sufficiency in energy, it may start showing less interest in oil producing regions including the middle east. >>> let's check on the markets. the u.s. markets changed little overnight. trading volume was low as other markets as long as the u.s. bonds market was closed for veterans day. and to see how stocks in japan are doing, we go to ramin mellegard at the tokyo stock exchange. how are things kicking off over there? >> good morning to you. yes, indeed. still a bit of hesitation i
. they also warned of the u.s. fiscal cliff. fiscal austerity is expected to increase. the finance chiefs cautioned extreme belt tightening could trigger a further slowdown. they point to the failure so far for debt covering bonds. they have decided to present reliable reconstruction plans for 2016 and beyond. called for growth strategies along with fiscal reform. they urge nations in fiscal good standing to step up to stimulate growth. now, it's not only the financial leaders who are worried about the slowdown. yuko fukushima joins us from the desk. how are investors feeling these days? >> good morning. understandably many of them are nervous. and they're hoping to get some clues from the u.s. presidential election. this is because investors on wall street are also feeling the downside risks of the economy. especially with the so-called fiscal cliff. right now they're staying on the sidelines through the election. new york markets ended slightly higher. the dow jones up by .15% and closed at 13,112. we'll have to see how stocks here in japan are trading this tuesday morning. we go to ram
. the u.s. geological society reported a 5.8 magnitude aftershock later sunday. reuters says at least 11 people died, but that figure is likely to rise. several workers remain unaccounted for following the collapse of an unfinished bridge over the river. >>> the shooting of a teenage girl in pakistan for defending women's rights to education has shocked the world. the pakistani government is now under pressure to tackle issues including islamic extremism and poverty that prevent girls from going to school. nhk world's hideki yui has more. >> reporter: 15-year-old malala yousafzai was shot in the head last month by the taliban movement of pakistan. the radical islamic group said girls have no right to education. the teenager is currently in britain receiving treatment in hospital. one month after the attack, malala continues to remain under tight security from the pakistani military. two girls who were with malala and also shot that day describe what happened. >> reporter: the two other girls have returned to school. they were traumatized by the incident but decided to come back to carry
is going. but for now, that wraps up our coverage from beijing. i'm james tengan. >>> u.s. leaders have been tracking china's political transition. president barack obama's administration has watched the chinese economy and military grow and has promised to take a tough stance with china on trade and other economic matters. the obama administration has also closely monitored china's disputes with japan and southeast asian nations over the islands in the east and south china seas. senior officials have refused to take sides. the president announced a year ago he will shift his country's focus to the asia-pacific region. he will have a chance to talk more about that plan over the weekend. obama will begin a four-day tour of southeast asia on saturday. he will be visiting thailand and myanmar and will attend the east asia summit in cambodia. the president promised during his re-election campaign to put more pressure on china to make it meet basic international standards with respect to trade. but analysts say despite his plans the world's top economies are tightly woven together and that i
. another question is asean's relationship with the u.s. the obama administration has a policy of working to counter the rise of china. how asean nations take part in that policy shift may have an impact. cambodia isn't the only country to feel the impact of china's spreading influence. economic, political, and military. if asean wants to cooperate with its neighbor on the equal footing, member states need to remain united and work with the united states. >> thank you very much, indeed, for that. speaking there to nhk world's phin chanda. u.s. president barack obama arrived here in cambodia on monday evening to attend the two-day east asia summit. on tuesday, he'll hold bilateral meetings with leaders including the prime minister of japan and the chinese premier as well. now, how will the united states respond to the growing presence of china here in southeast asia? well, we'll keep you updated as these delicate discussions continue. i'm patchari raksawong reporting from phnom penh. >>> patchari, thanks. barack obama made history before he arrived in cambodia. he became the first sitting
for maritime interests. u.s. president barack obama will hold talks with japan's prime minister yoshihiko noda and chinese premier wen. aimed at addressing strained relations over claims to the senekaku islands. the president is expected to stress any differences should be peacefully resolved according to international law. >>> now, japan's prime minister has praised myanmar's rapid reforms. and he's offered the country a development loan worth $600 million. yoshihiko noda met thein sein on the sidelines of the summit. myanmar has made steady progress on political reform. he promises to support the economic development. japan's public and private sectors will back reform efforts. it will be the first yen loan in almost 26 years. myanmar's leaders will use it to refurbish a thermal power plant in yangon. japan's government will extend the loans in february next year at the earliest. myanmar's to foreign investors. >>> letting out a small sigh of relief. trade agreement. joins us from the business desk. what's the story here? >> as you know, political tensions have tied up in parts of east asia.
with the development of long-range his ls. u.s. researchers at johns hopkins university say the country has conducted at least two tests of large rocket mortars since its failed launch in april. one satellite image shows the removal of fuel tanks and the appearance of exhaust stains. the researchers say their science tests have been carried out. another image shows similar discolorations and stains in an object that appears to be a large rocket engine. the analysis also says construction activity is under way to launch an even bigger rocket. it warns that north korea may start a new round of nuclear and rocket tests in the first half of next year. >>> several rockets have landed near sensitive targets in the capital of afghanistan. cholaphansa narula in bangkok is following this story. >> the afghan intelligence agency is one of the locations near tuesday's attacks in kabul. the incidents underline the security challenges afghanistan faces as nato-led combat troops prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014. >> translator: it was around 6:30 in the morning. a rocket landed here and hit a car, wounding tw
u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, have begun their final round of campaigning in battleground states. romney is using a new strategy to win over voters ahead of tuesday's election. the latest poll by abc news and the washington post suggests obama and romney both have support rates of 48%. romney is focusing on wisconsin, one of the swing states where obama is said to have a lead. >> the contacts made in wisconsin over the last months have just blown everybody away, and i want to thank you for the work you're doing. that's going to help us get this victory. >> romney is likely to still have a chance of winning if he takes wisconsin, even if he loses another key state, ohio. the republican challenger is also running more tv ads in pennsylvania, michigan, and minnesota. obama is expected to win more votes from the electoral college made up of electors allocated to each state. >> if you are willing to work with me and knock on doors with me and make some phone calls with me and turn out with me and grab your friends and neighbors and co-worker
an additional burden. >>> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta is urging congress to strike a deal before the end of the year. that's to avoid a fiscal cliff which may result in a significant reduction in defense spending. the fiscal cliff is a term used to illustrate drastic fiscal tightening if congress fails to reach an agreement by year's end. such a situation is feared to trigger a plunge in the economy. panetta warned that defense spending will be subject to drastic cuts if lawmakers failed to reach a consensus. >> the worst thing that could happen from my perspective is that they just kick the can down the road. all that would wind up doing is continuing to present a shadow over the defense department and for that matter, the rest of government. >> the defense department is already planning to reduce its budget by about $500 billion over the coming ten years. panetta has voiced concern that further cuts could undermine barack obama's new defense strategy that lays more emphasis on the asia pacific region. >>> japanese officials are scratching their heads about how to deal with sluggish tra
and rocket fire killed more than 160 palestinians and 5 israelis. >>> the u.s. ambassador to the united nations is used to defending her country's foreign policy decisions. now susan rice has broken her silence to defend herself. rice is considered a candidate for secretary of state. but she's faced scrutiny because of comments she made following the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. rice made a tv appearance immediately after the september 11 attack. she suggested protests in benghazi over a u.s.-made name mocked the prophet mohammed triggered the assault on the consulate. but investigators later determined it was likely a premeditated plot by extremists with links to al qaeda. the attackers killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans. rice broke her silence wednesday in response to rising criticism from members of the republican party. >> i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary. and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. >> repub
firms jumped at the south koreans' offer. last year investment added up to $22 million u.s. dollars, four times what it was eight years ago. behind me is the industrial estate that opened three years ients clinininininininininininin manufacturer opened a factory ten kilometers away from their companies worked together to smooth out the production process. they discovered then fixed a glitch in one production line. the change cut costs for both sides. they say they could have only made such progress by working face to face. >> translator: now the japanese companies can supply us with more glass products, and we can bring in good materials. so for us it's a huge advantage. >> reporter: some say in the moment people in both countries see the tensions through a magnifying glass. they say both japanese and south koreans get along just fine, that they've reached a sense of maturity. kaho izumitani, nhk world seoul. >>> one factor that will influence relations between tokyo and seoul is who gets to be japan's next prime minister. the latest nhk poll suggests japanese voters will focus on d
launch in the next three weeks. earlier, u.s. satellite images of the facility showed what are believed to be parts of a long-range ballistic missile. >>> north koreans space officials failed earlier this year when they tried to launch what they said was a rocket carrying a satellite. some governments called it a missile test. the photos showing renewed activity in the north is prompting renewed attention from different nations. >> translator: we are monitoring related reports. maintaining peace and stability on the korean peninsula is the common responsibility of concerned nations. it's also in their interest. >> a u.s. defense department official declined to comment on the analysis, but the official said the u.s. asks north korea to follow a u.n. security council ban on launches involving ballistic technology. >>> the people who wont to be south korea's next president are mapping out their strategies in the lead-up to voting day. official campaigning is now under way. and so for the next three weeks candidates will be crisscrossing the country to sell their message. park geun hye of t
. honda motor plans to boost production capacity at its two u.s. plants next year. it says its factory in mexico now under construction should be ready for operation in 2014. the automakers say china remains an important market for them but they also need to quickly cultivate new demand outside china. >>> top officials in south korea are trying to stay a few moves ahead of the reclusive and unpredictable neighbor. they want to stop north korean authorities from possibly launching a long-range missile, and so they've turned to china for help because it has a strong influence over the north. south korea's chief negotiator on north korea's nuclear development is visiting beijing. lim sung-nam will meet with senior chinese officials inwuding wu dawei. he's the chair of the six-party talks on north's nuclear program. >> translator: we will discuss the latest situation on the korean peninsula. i hope to build closer ties with china. >> lim's visit comes nearly a week after an american satellite imagery firm tsunamied a photo showing activity at a missile launch site in north korea. analysts
wednesday at 1:00 p.m. japan time right here on "newsline." >>> scientists at the u.s. space agency nasa say a probe orbiting mercury has found evidence of water ice on the planet. the observations support the hoi poth sis that ice has existed at mercury's poles for millions of years. the new information comes from the messenger probe. it's been orbiting the planets closest to the sun since 2011. nasa scientists say the spacecraft observed excess hydrogen and permanently shadowed craters at mercury's north pole. they say the concentration of hydrogen is consistent with that found in water. the total amount of ice on mercury is estimated at 100 billion tons. scientists say it may have been brought by come elts or asteroids that crashed on the planet. the existence of life, however, is considered unlikely because of the planet's thin atmosphere. the prospects of finding ice on mercury received a boost in 1991 after a radio telescope in puerto rico detected bright patches at the planet's poles. >>> japanese researchers have developed a technique using tiny objects that could cause big changes i
attending. the president called for high income workers in the u.s. to pay more in taxes. >> i think we're all aware that we have some urgent business to do. we've got to make sure that taxes don't go up on middle class families, that our economy remains strong, that we're creating jobs. >> the republican speaker of the house of representatives asked for a balanced approach. republicans have been called for added revenue through curbs on tax deductions and credits. >> i believe that the framework that i've outlined in our meeting today is consistent with the president's call for a fair and balanced approach. >> any new legislation must be enacted before the end of december to keep the u.s. from plunging off that fiscal cliff. >>> senior diplomats from japan and north korea wrapped up a round of talks in mongolia and have reported some progress. the north koreans also say they're open to talking about their country's abductions of nationals. they don't seem to go farther until japan has a new government. negotiators held two days of level walking level talks. they agreed to repatriate --
>>> welcome to "newsline." i'm yoko nishimura in tokyo with the news at this hour. >>> u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger mitt romney have begun their final round of campaigning in key battleground states. romney is using a new strategy in these states to win over voters ahead of tuesday's election. the latest poll by abc news and "washington post" suggest obama and romney both have support rates of 48%. romney is focusing on wisconsin, one of swing states where obama is said to have a lead. >> the contacts made in wisconsin over the last months have just blown everybody away. i want to thank you for the work you're doing. let's get out. let's get this victory. >> romney is likely to still have a chance of winning if he takes wisconsin even if he loses another key state, ohio. the republican challenger is also running more tv ads in pennsylvania, michigan and minnesota. obama is expected to win more votes from the electoral college made up of electors allocated to each state. >> if you're willing to work with me and knock on doors with me and make som
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